Plugin Tips

May 2nd in Plugin Tips, WordPress Errors by .

Moving from one host to another can be time consuming and challenging. Just getting your websites moved to a new host without any issues could take a lot of time and effort. The process does not always go as smoothly as you may want it to. I soon realize that after I moved a bunch of my websites from old host to VPS.net. Don’t get me wrong. VPS.net is a brilliant web host. But their environment was not playing nice with the automatic plugin update feature in WordPress. It took me a while to realize how to fix this.

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November 28th in Plugin Tips by .

A big part of running a community is paying attention to the comments people post to your website. One can’t run a blogging business on autopilot. But there are things you can do for your blog to run smoothly if you are going to be away for a short while. Tools such as Automatic Comment Scheduler let you handle the comments you get on your blog more conveniently. It automatically publishes your comments based on the factors that work for you.

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June 29th in Plugin Tips by .

Those of you who have been involved in the Internet marketing world have probably heard about the concept “always be testing.” You don’t have to be a marketing genius to understand that testing matters and why you should do it. You want to test different themes and plugins to make sure you pick the right ones for your website. These 7 WordPress plugins let you do just that:

Plugin Test Drive: want to adopt a new plugin on your website but not sure how it will affect the experience of your visitors? This plugin lets you test your plugin out before letting your visitors see the changes.

Max Landing: allows you to create and test powerful landing pages for your website. It is compatible with Max A/B testing plugin. [click to continue…]

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May 27th in Anti-Spam, Plugin Tips by .

Spam is one of the biggest issues to deal with for all webmasters. Spam can not only be annoying but also dangerous at times. Most new bloggers may not have to worry about spam as long as they have Akismet or similar solutions installed. But as soon as your website becomes popular, new challenges arise. These 10 anti-spam plugins for WordPress can help you tackle those issues:

Akismet: a great plugin for beginners and advanced users. In fact, you should not go live with your blog without having this plugin (or an alternative) turned on.

WP-reCAPTCHA: CAPTCHA can’t stop all spam comments and registrations. At the same time, it can make life difficult for spammers who want to mess with your website.

AVH First Defense Against Spam: checks comments before they are posted to your website and blocks spammers before they can do any harm.

Fast Secure Contact Form: so you thought your e-mail account would be safe against spammers when you used a contact form plugin? That is simply not true. This plugin lets you protect your forms and contact page against spammers. [click to continue…]

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May 23rd in Plugin Tips, Plugins For SEO by .

Your post titles are perhaps the most important on-page ranking factor to Google and Bing. Getting a lot of links from other sites, writing killer content, and networking with others in your niche help a lot but without a decent set of title tags, you won’t get too far. While you don’t necessarily need a plugin to optimize your titles for the search engines, there are solutions out there that can make managing the process a whole lot easier. Here are 5 SEO title plugins that you don’t want to miss:

All In One SEO Plugin: used by a whole lot of WordPress bloggers and portal owners. It allows you to customize your titles for your pages, posts, and everything in between. [click to continue…]

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September 4th in Free Plug-ins, Plugin Tips by .

Have you ever wanted to show a note at the top of each of your posts (RSS subscription would be one) to your new visitors but keep them hidden to your regulars? If so, then you should definitely check out the free WordPress plugin WWSGD. It’s an excellent plugin that allows you

What Would Seth Godin Do is a plugin that allows you reach out to your new readers and provide them with a call to action.

As you can see in the image above, you can use the box provided to you by WWSGD to communicate all kinds of information to your visitors. I use it to talk about the latest GPS or PC Deals on my tech blog. The good thing abut it is that you can specifically target the new users and make them feel welcome. At the same time, you can give them the opportunity to sign up for your newsletter or feed, or join your YouTube subscribers.

WWSGD is a free WordPress plugin and is compatible with the latest version of WordPress. Check it out here.

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August 14th in Plugin Tips, WP Stuff by .

If you are serious about blogging and using the WordPress system, you should definitely try to optimize it for search engines so you get ranked high and get some free traffic. One very handy plug-in that allows you to do just that is SEO all-in-one pack plugin. It allows you to change the title and META tags for each page on your blog. So you can put keywords that are in your post inside your title tags (and everything gets done automatically).

But not every blog is compatible with this SEO plugin. The theme that I am using for this blog was not compatible with SEO blog. The title would not show for the homepage, and that is a big deal if you are trying to get ranked for anything. So here is what you need to do to fix the issue if your title is not showing up.

  1. Go to your Design tab on your WordPress blog.
  2. Search for the following: <?php wp_title(‘ ‘); ?>
  3. Grab the <title> before the above statement and copy through </title>.
  4. Paste it right after where it says <head>

This is not really a complicated thing but for some reason the plugin wouldn’t work if your <title> tag is way down inside your header. This should fix any issues with your home page. Have fun!

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